Underbelly is a therapeutic and emotional movement experience that gives us permission to slow down, metabolize our feelings, return to spaciousness, and open to the intimate wisdom of the earth and our bodies. Described as "somatic church," or a "somatic meditation in motion," Underbelly invites us into the questions, doing nothing, boredom, introspection, self-reflection, imagination, memory, embodiment, eros, intuition, grief, praise, subtlety, listening, yielding, and returning to full sovereignty instead of being told what to do all the time. It allows us to feel our individuation and togetherness in a group field—to deepen our presence and attunement to one another, to co-regulate/down regulate our nervous systems, to be witnessed, held, considered and noticed exactly as we are. It encourages us to rest back into the vastness and wildness of the natural world and step out of the confines of walls, fluorescent lights, 90 degree angles, habits, addictions, coping mechanisms, and social programming. Spend quality time with your body, breath, and being while immersed in nature with emotion-forward music. Voyage beneath the surface of our fast, linear and consumptive culture, and dive into a slow sanctuary for unearthing what is alive, tender, paradoxical, honest and real for you in every moment.
This experience is not a solution, method, workshop or teaching of tools. It is an intentional/invitational container for self-discovery, self-care, facilitated deep diving, awareness cultivation and spacious inquiry.
Music: beautiful, deep, experimental, film scores, lo-fi, sensual, live, nature sounds, emotional, ambient, soulful, and silent. Listen on Spotify!
When/Where 2021: In-person/Outdoor sessions: Held at various Marin County Parks and Preserves These will be offered when Shelter in Place is not in effect and weather permitting. Join the mailing list to get all the invites!
ZOOM sessions: on pause. "Save the Date" email is sent out in advance. Join the mailing list to get all the invites!
What to Expect (timing subject to change per event): (Pacific Standard Time) 6:00-6:15p: Arrive 6:15-7:00p: Facilitated opening 7:00-7:40p: Deep Dive 7:40-8:00p: Facilitated closing **@6:15p, the container will close and no one else will be admitted. Special requests permitted, please communicate.
Admission: FREELY GIVEN for the time being....donations are always welcome. 1) Venmo: @amy-rogg (last 4 phone digits 0330) 2) Paypal: payment link here 3) Dance passes are no longer valid/no refunds Support us on Patreon
Who: For all those interested in embodiment, deepening awareness, authentic movement, emotional processing, meditation, and somatic practice (all dance/movement backgrounds welcome and no dance prerequisites necessary).
Code of Conduct: ~By participating, you agree you are liable for all your actions, accidents, health, and any injuries incurred. ~Please respect shelter in place and social distancing protocols. ~While you are allowed to feel everything and express sensuality, this container is not for acting on erotic or sexual energy. Please treat his with care, discernment and integrity. ~Please do not record sessions. ~Report all/any inappropriate behavior to the Underbelly staff. Failure to respect the space/others will result in immediate dismissal from the event. ~This is a sacred/safe space, please be sensitive/respectful/responsible. ~Please wear movement appropriate clothing and take shoes off. ~This is a substance free space. ~You are always responsible for your energy and choices.
Logistics: ~Come on time, we want to open and close the container together. ~Please choose a spacious, quiet, safe, private area to practice in. ~Please make time for an uninterrupted 2 hour container. ~Bring your own water/water bottle, journal/pen + self-care necessities. ~Wear comfortable clothing to move in and bring layers just in case you feel chilly or spend time on the ground ~If you have feedback/concerns/questions, please message the organizers directly through the Underbelly page. ~No recordings, this is an ephemeral experience.
Underbelly Experience Features: ~Opening/Closing together ~40 minute facilitated initiation into the deep dive ~Pre-curated playlists/soundscapes: beautiful, deep, experimental, film scores, lo-fi, sensual, live, nature sounds, emotional, ambient, soulful, and silent. ~Occasional interwoven live musical guests/sound immersion/silence ~Witnessing: Intentional energy dedicated to vulnerability- actively and empathetically witness each other. ~Floor: Intentional energy dedicated to grounding-floor movement, stretching, rolling, laying, resting, presencing, and anchoring. ~Our Facebook Community and Writing Forum to share your experiences: https://www.facebook.com/groups/400546797230383/
Insights/Inquiries: What happens when you give yourself time/space to intentionally slow your internal pace? ~Illumining your true yes and no. ~Inviting agenda-less human contact with a focus on care: nurturance, presence, reverence and appreciation. ~Releasing pre-conceived notions of dance, body stereotypes, technicality, method, and choreography. ~Sitting with restlessness, boredom, irritation, and doing nothing. ~Unwinding habituated movement and momentum, unconscious tension, patterns of immediacy and conditioned identity. ~Heightening tactile, kinesthetic, sensory, and energetic faculties. ~Accessing emotional, somatic, sensuous, and subtle/micro inner landscapes. ~Playing with thresholds of vulnerability: witnessing and being witnessed in the hard/honest things. ~Navigating moment to moment experiencing with curiosity vs. controlling or directing outcomes. ~Asking questions vs. expecting answers. Allowing vs. fixing. ~Feeling into honest/attuned movement vs. socially contrived movement. ~Unlocking permission to feel and express what is truthfully arising, oscillating, present, alive, real and raw. ~Unwinding the nervous system to restore grounding, receptiveness, listening and balance. ~Rooting into a loving/attentive/empowered relationship with the mind, body, heart, and spirit. ~Becoming intimate with the realms of tenderness, intensity, discomfort and paradox. ~Refining the borders of responsibility vs. projection. ~Examining interpersonal/transpersonal realms of relating. ~Moving from your truth, emotion, feeling, power, and enough-ness. ~Deriving power/choice internally vs. externally ~Inviting pauses/rest and noticing the space between action/movement. ~Attuning the body’s energetic field to the slower biorhythms of the planet: more BE-ing, less doing.
About the Creator: Amy Rogg is an activator and nurturer the human spirit. She is also the creator and facilitator of Underbelly: The Art of Slowing Down. Amy permissions people out of limitation and into greater vulnerability and authenticity by awakening pathways of intimate awareness, attunement, and subtle energy. She anchors people into their emotional inner world and intuitive body wisdom by slowing down, making space, and embodying their personal truth in every moment. Amy has a B.A. in television/film production and is a Los Angeles trained actor. She has also taught yoga (E-RYT 500), meditation and somatic movement for the past decade. She weaves these modalities together creating portals for alchemical-emotional processes and cultural/relational evolution. Her greatest movement practices/inspirations: her mom, GAGA, Hakomi, Yat Malmgren, Contact Improvisation, Anna Halprin, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Qi Gong, Yoga, Open Floor, Ecstatic Dance, Dancing Freedom, 5 Rhythms, Soul Motion, Micro Fusion, all things Somatic, and romantic relationships. Instagram: @amyrogg Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/underbellydiscoveryourslowdance/?modal=admin_todo_tour